Laurie Macfarlane's Economics For Activists

12dec7:30 pm9:00 pmLaurie Macfarlane's Economics For ActivistsWebinars to get to grips with how mainstream economics maintains an unfair system - and how a new economics could transform it.7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event TypeWebinar & Talks

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Session 1 with Laurie Macfarlane

Laurie Macfarlane is economics editor at open Democracy, and a research associate at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Formerly he was senior economist at the New Economics Foundation. He’s the co-author of “Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing”.
While increasing numbers of people are convinced of the need for system change, most of us have very limited understanding of how current economic and financial systems work and maintain business as usual. This makes it very difficult to challenge economic orthodoxy. There’s an urgent need to support economic literacy across social groups in Scotland, particularly amongst environmental and social activists, so that we are all better placed to challenge the status quo and actively participate in developing alternatives.

As a start, we are offering this short interactive online programme of webinars to generate discussion and which enables participants to gain confidence for critical engagement and action.

The sessions will consist of a 30-40 minute talk followed by a Q&A and breakouts in which participants discuss what they have heard. We are inviting speakers who have a ‘big picture’ grasp of economics from a radical perspective and who have proposals for how to leverage transformation to respond to the following questions:

• How does economics work and why isn’t it getting us the results we want?

• What other ways can we organise our economies that would work better?

• What practical initiatives or experiments are showing how this could work?

This is only one way of approaching economics and we hope that discussions in these sessions will generate more and different opportunities to get our heads around the big economics issues of today. We will run six these sessions fortnightly with other expert speakers, then open up the discussion of what to do next.

The programme is primarily intended for activists wanting to radically transform the system, so if you are involved in environmental, labour, social justice, human rights or peace campaigning we hope that you will join us.

Eva Shonveld and Justin Kenrick, Heart Politics

Matthew Crighton, Friends of the Earth Scotland

Philip Revell, SCANN

Pete Cannell and Callum McLeod, Scot E3


(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm